Efforts on to address energy crisis: CM

Announces establishment of Media City in Peshawar

Syed Bukhar Shah- The News

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Tuesday the provincial government had formulated a comprehensive policy to address the energy crisis by constructing 350 small hydel power stations in the northern districts at a cost of Rs7 billion.

Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected office-bearers of the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) at the Chief Minister’s House, he said Malakand and Hazara divisions had been selected for the project where small power stations would be set up.

He added thermal power stations would also be established to utilise the oil and gas resources of the province.

The chief minister urged the federal government to pay the outstanding dues of hydel net profit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and reduce the duration of the loadshedding.

Provincial Minister for Information Shah Farman, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Afzal Butt, PPC President Nasir Hussain and KhUJ President Nisar Mehmood also addressed the ceremony.

The chief minister said the federal government had recognised the rights of the KP over the utilisation of the surplus natural gas.

Pervez Khattak said the provincial government had planned to establish six to seven industrial estates to create job opportunities for the skilled youth. He said cheap electricity generated from hydel and gas resources would be provided to industries.

The chief minister said that a company has been constituted to improve the sanitation system in the provincial capital and added it would contract out the services to private firms.

He said that efforts had been initiated for remaking the provincial capital the city of flowers and added that the condition of the parks would be improved by planting more trees there.

Pervez Khattak said the people would soon start feeling the change the Pakistan Terheek-e-Insaf had promised to bring about.

The chief minister said the government had set targets for the agriculture, irrigation, local government, communication & works, housing, environment, transport, social welfare, science and information technology departments.

He said arrangements had been made to hold the local bodies’ polls in a transparent manner and it was in contact with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said the government had proposed holding the LG polls under biometric system.

Pervez Khattak said the government not only acknowledged the independence of media, but was also aware of its importance. He said the KP government wanted to extend all possible facilities to media in the performance of professional responsibilities by journalists.

He said that according to announcement in budget they had released an amount of Rs50 million in the endowment fund for the welfare of journalists. He said that he had also approved huge amount for the construction of PPC approach road that would be completed before the end of the current financial year.

The chief minister announced the establishment of Media City in the provincial capital. The chief minister also announced a grant of Rs5 million each for the PPC and KhUJ and another amount of Rs1 million for Journalists Welfare Foundation.

Earlier, PPC President Nasir Hussain and KhUJ President Nisar Mehmood in their welcome addresses highlighted the problems being faced by their respective bodies.

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